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LOW-SKILLED foreign workers employed on the Inpex gas project could create another environmental disaster like the Montara oil spill, the Maritime Union of Australia claims.

Acting national secretary for the union Ian Bray said companies bidding for work on the Inpex project have applied to the Territory Government to have foreign maritime certificates recognised as equivalent to Australian training.

But he could not name a company that is trying have foreign marine workers’ qualifications recognised.

“We are still following that up ourselves we need to make sure,” he said.

Mr Bray said low-skilled workers on off-shore vessels increased the risk of another environmental disaster like the Montara oil spill when up 1500 barrels of oil a day spewed into the Timor Sea for 75 days in 2009.

http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/04/23/300231_ntnews.html

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President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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